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Stealth, so good it makes the list twice  

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It's that time of year. Did quiet a bit of thinking and done a fair amount of rejigging...

 

1. Taron, Phantasialand

2. Helix, Liseberg

3. Nemesis, Alton Towers

4. Balder, Liseberg

5. Joris en de Draak, Efteling

6. Troy, Toverland

7. Lost Gravity, Walibi Holland

8. The Swarm, Thorpe Park

9. Black Mamba, Phantasialand

10. Hyperion, Energylandia

 

Swarm has dropped down massively, in part down to me just having done it so much I guess. But I still think it's pretty darn good. 

 

Lost Gravity is a weird one, because I know I really enjoyed it, but I'm not sure how much of the ranking is based on a bit of rose-tinted glasses. Look forward to riding it again next year..

 

Lech at Legendia just misses, due to it being too intense. It's a shame, because if it was a little less intense on the drop / first inversion, it'd be a Top 5 coaster easily...

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pa-dah.

 

Top ten new rollercoasters of 2018.

1. Steel Vengeance

2. Gatekeeper

3. Flug Der Damon

4. Behemoth

5. Karnan

6. Raptor

7. Icon

8. Wicker Man

9. Magnum XL

10. Maverick

 

Top five new parks of 2018

1. Cedar Point

2. Canadas Wonderland

3. Hansa Park

4. Heide Park

5. Six Flags Great America

 

Top five UK rollercoasters

1. Nemesis

2. Icon

3. The Smiler

4. The Wicker Man

5. Nemesis Inferno

 

Top five moments

1. Meeting the former CEO at Disneyland Paris at Disney Fandaze.

2. Being pleasantly in awe of Wicker Man and the achievement of Towers.

3. Icon living well up to expectations in being a fantastic rollercoaster and exactly what Backpool needed.

4. Finally conquering all the B&M's in Europe (Before Fenix and Valykira opened, grr).

5. After so long, getting to Cedar Point and it being a park with too many fantastic rollercoasters.

 

 

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Bit of a reshuffle!

 

1. The Big One

2. Wild Mouse*

3. Troy

4. Grand National

5. Megafobia

6. Taron

7. Big Dipper

8. The Ultimate

9. Joris en de Draak

10. Nemesis


*Yes, I am aware it's gone, but it's still a coaster I've ridden!

 

It'll be strangely sad when this stubborn list inevitably gets changed drastically by my upcoming trip to America.

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Top ten before Cedar Point and Six Flags Great America (not gonna include rides from my trip to Over Texas as that was 2012 and my memory is sh**)

 

1. Shambhala: 

Awful park, great ride. Consistently my favourite.

 

2. Wodan:

I love GCI, can't wait to get back on this thing soon. Not sure if I prefer Blue Fire though.

 

3. Nemesis: This thing was hauling ass the other day.

 

4. Blue Fire: IT IS A MACK.

 

5. Wickerman: Wodan but a bit smaller. Still amazing though.

 

6. The Smiler: Little rough but very fun and unique Gerst.

 

7. Red Force: Sexy ass launch

 

8. Silver Star: Fun in the back on the final bunny hills. Gives some floater air but depends on the day

 

9. Dragons Khan: Painful but intense and it looks sexy.

 

10. Inferno: My current favourite at Thorpe. Especially good towards the end of the day in the back row.

 

 

 

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Having visited two new European parks, I think it is time to update a few fields. 

 

Top 10 Coasters:

1/ Steel Vengeance 

2/ Helix

3/ Taron

4/ Maverick

5/ Millenium Force 

6/ Shambala 

7/ Oziris 

8/ Wodan

9/ Nemesis 

10/ Icon

 

And now onto the parks: 

1/ Europa Park 

2/ Cedar Point 

3/ Phantasialand

3/ Efteling 

5/ Disneyland Paris 

6/ Liseberg 

7/ Parc Asterix 

8/ Alton Towers

9/ Tivoli Gardens 

10/ Blackpool Pleasure Beach 

 

P.A and Thorpe are now off the top 10 list. 

 

Last but not least, everyone needs a park bucket list. Here’s my one for European parks:

1/ Gardaland 
2/ Tover Land
3/ Energylandia
4/ Heide Park
5/ Grona Lund
6/ Parque Warner Madrid
7/ Linnanmaki
8/ Hansa Park
9/ Futuroscope 
10/ Legoland Billund 
 
Some parks are very much the same whilst some have re-entered (Heide notably). Energylandia and Linnanmaki have leap frogged onto the list for numerous reasons.  
 
More  changes could be afoot in the near future. 
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Double Post, but I’ve done some more parks, creds and stuff so might as well update.

 

Steel Coasters:

1/ Steel Vengeance 

2/ Helix

3/ Taron 

4/ Maverick 

5/ Millennium Force

6/ Shambhala 

7/ Oziris 

8/ Nemesis 

9/ Diamond Back

10/ Icon

 

Wooden Coasters:

1/ Wodan 

2/ Mystic Timbers

3/ The Beast

4/ Joris

5/ Wickerman 

6/ Balder

7/ Tonnerre De Zeus

8/ Megafobia 

9/ Ruscherterbahn- Tivoli Gardens

10/ Stampida

 

Crazy how in just weeks all the BPB woodies are off the list. Guess that’s what happens when you let them run rougher than Blackpool back alleys. 

 

Top 10 Parks:

1/ Europa Park 

2/ Cedar Point 

3/ Efteling 

3/ Phantasialand 

5/ Disneyland Paris 

6/ Liseberg 

7/ Parc Asterix 

8/ Alton Towers 

9/ Kings Island 

10/ Tivoli Gardens 

 

 

 

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Before this season really gets going (Netherlands in two weeks), these are some current standings. (I'm listening to Klugheim soundtrack for reference)

 

Top Five water rides

1. Chiapas

2. Splash Mountain at WDW

3. Loggers Leap (RIP)
4. Tidal Wave

5.  Popeye thing at Islands of Adventure

 

Top five Dark rides

1.  Flight of Passage

2. Radiator Springs Racers (who knows what genre this thing really is tbh)

3. Hex

4. Fairy ride thing at Efteling

5. Dinosaur

 

Top five Rollercoasters

1. Nemesis

2. Steel Vengeance

3. Blue Fire

4. Helix

5. Katun

 

Top five theme park soundtracks

1. Chiapas (the thought of being in the Chiapas plaza with an ice cream sandwich in the sun is my idea of theme park heaven)

2. Main Street USA DLP

3. The Smiler

4. Euro-Mir

5. WWTP radio at Amity Cove (pre Stealth)

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Chiapas is quite simply a masterpiece. Even when the day comes that I finally do Splash Mountain and Ripsaw Falls, I have faith it will remain my number one water attraction.

 

Right, so I finally ticked off two substantial U.K. parks last week, so thought I might as make a Top 10 UK parks list.

 

Top 10 U.K. parks:

1/ Alton Towers 

2/ Blackpool 

3/ Paultons 

4/ Chessington 

5/ Thorpe 

6/ Legoland 

7/ Flamingo Land 

8/ Oakwood 

9/ Pleasurewood Hills

10/  Lightwater Valley 

 

Fantasy Island is essentially my last major park left now, with the exception of Blackgang Chime and the park’s in Devon and Scotland.

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My current list post Cedar Point and Great America.

 

1. Steel Vengeance- unbelievable airtime combined with headchoppers and great inversions. Utter masterpiece from RMC and Cedar Point.

2. Maverick- intense bank turns, good ejector moments, great drop, great launch. Maverick being next to Steel Vengeance is very fitting.

3. Shambhala- consistent floater airtime machine (-2)

4. Wodan- GCI sexyness (-2)

5. Nemesis- Best Invert so far (-2)

6. Top Thrill Dragster- one trick pony but that one trick is soooo good.

7. Goliath (Six Flags Great America)- Very short but very sweet, love the first drop and the zero g stall.

8. Blue Fire- so sexyyy (-4)

9. Millennium Force- Great first drop, long with some pops of air.

10. Wickerman- mini Wodan. (-5)

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Top 10 coasters

(as a side note, my park count is pretty poor, its mainly UK parks, lots of DLP and a couple of parks in Japan. I’m sure this will change after I go to Asterix park in October, Orlando next year, and Europa park soon…

  1. Stealth (Thorpe Park)
  2. Nemesis (Alton Towers)
  3. Do-Dodonpa (Fuji-Q Highland)
  4. Wicker man  (Alton Towers)
  5. Rock’n’Rollercoaster (DLP)
  6. Space mountain (DLP)
  7. Rita (Alton Towers)
  8. Swarm (Thorpe Park)
  9. The Smiler (Alton Towers)
  10. Takabisha (Fuji-Q Highland)

 

Top 5 parks

  1. Disneysea (got to be one of the prettiest parks out there)
  2. Disneyland Paris (sensing a theme here…?)
  3. Alton towers
  4.  Thorpe Park
  5. Fuji-Q Highland (great rides but literally no cohesive theming at all, reminded me a bit of a fairground)

 

Top 3 theme-park soundtracks

  1. Can the Pirates of the Caribbean music go here? It is now.
  2. WWTP radio at Thorpe, both in and outside of fright nights.
  3. Disneyland Paris main street music.
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I'll chuck an updated one into the mix (new entries in Top 10 bold)...

 

1. Taron, Phantasialand

2. Helix, Liseberg

3. Untamed, Walibi Holland

4. Balder, Liseberg

5. Nemesis, Alton Towers

6. Lost Gravity, Walibi Holland

7. Joris en de Draak. Efteling

8. Troy, Toverland

9. Goliath, Walibi Holland

10. Black Mamba, Phantasialand

 

Just missing out are Polish duo Hyperion and Lech.

 

1 English, 2 German, 2 Swedish and 5 Dutch coasters, with 1 RMC, 2 GCI, 2 B&M, 2 Mack and 3 Intamins making up the top 10 though. Nice.

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Given I’m likely not going to get any new coaster creds for the rest of 2019 now I’ve done the trips I’ve wanted, here’s how my top 10 mixed coaster list stands as of this year. Had to reshuffle a few:

 

1. Untamed - Walibi Holland.

2. Helix - Liseberg.

3. Taron - Phantasialand.

4. Shambhala - PortAventura

5. Icon - Blackpool Pleasure Beach.

6. Wodan - Europa Park.

7. Black Mamba - Phantasialand.

8. Valkyria - Liseberg.

9. Troy - Toverland.

10. Wildfire - Kolmården Zoo.

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Might as well update some areas.

 

Top 10 coasters:

1/ Steel Vengeance 

2/ Helix 

3/ Taron

4/ Millennium Force 

5/ Shambhala 

6/ Maverick 

7/ Oziris 

8/ Wodan

9/ Nemesis 

10/ Black Mamba

 

Top 10 Parks:

1/ Europa Park 

2/ Cedar Point 

3/ Efteling 

4/ Phantasialand 

5/ Disneyland Paris 

6/ Liseberg 

7/ Parc Asterix 

8/ Toverland

9/ Kings Island 

10/ Alton Towers 

 

Top 10 B&M’s

1/ Shambhala 

2/ Oziris 

3/ Nemesis 

4/ Black Mamba 

5/ Raptor 

6/ Fenix

7/ Rougarou

8/ Diamondback

9/ Silver Star

10/ Oblivion 

 

Top 10 Bucketlist parks

1/ Walt Disney World (all park’s including water parks)

 2/ Universal Orlando (both parks)

3/ Busch Gardens Tampa

4/ Silver Dollar City 

5/ Tokyo Disney (both park’s)

6/ Six Flags Magic Mountain 

7/ Dollywood 

8/ Busch Gardens Williamsburg 

9/ Disneyland Anaheim 

10/ Energylandia 

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Top 10 dark rides

 

1. Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror (Florida)

2. Symbolica

3. Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man

4. Harry Potter And The Forbidden Journey

5. Phantom Manor

6. Pirates Of The Caribbean (Paris)

7. Transformers the ride

8. Harry Potter And The Escape From Gringotts

9. Twilight Zone Tower Of Terror (Paris)

10. Ratatouille 

 

A lot of dominance from Disney and Universal in this list I know, but that’s just the quality that those two are capable of when in their element!!

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New Top 10 now that I've done Taiga, and have no major new coasters on the way...

 

1. Taron, Phantasialand

2. Taiga, Linnanmäki

3. Untamed, Walibi Holland

4. Helix, Liseberg

5. Balder, Liseberg

6. Nemesis, Alton Towers

7. Lost Gravity, Walibi Holland

8. Joris en de Draak, Efteling

9. Troy, Toverland

10. Goliath, Walibi Holland

 

I, for one, welcome my Intamin overlords.

 

It's also pretty damn close between Untamed and Helix, but I think Untamed just pips it..

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COASTERS:

1. Helix (Liseberg)

2. Taron (Phantasialand)

3. Shambhala (PortAventura)

4. Black Mamba (Phantasialand)

5. Montu (Busch Gardens Tampa)

6. Valkyria (Liseberg)

7. SheiKra (Busch Gardens Tampa)

8. Nemesis (Alton Towers)

9. Joris en de Draak (Efteling)

10. Balder (Liseberg)

 

DARK RIDES:

1. Symbolica (Efteling)

2. The Amazing Adventures of Spider-Man (Islands of Adventure)

3. Harry Potter and the Forbidden Journey (Islands of Adventure)

4. Villa Volta (Efteling)

5. Droomvlucht (Efteling)

6. Revenge of The Mummy (Universal Studios Orlando)

7. Hex - The Legend of the Towers (Alton Towers)

8. Fata Morgana (Efteling)

9. Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts (Universal Studios Orlando)

10. Skull Island: Reign of Kong (Islands of Adventure)

 

WATER RIDES:

1. Chiapas - DIE Wasserbahn (Phantasialand)

2. Flying Dutchman (Efteling)

3. Dudley Do-Right's Ripsaw Falls (Islands of Adventure)

4. Popeye and Bluto's Bildge-Rat Barges (Islands of Adventure)

5. Kallerado (Liseberg)

6. Jurassic Park River Adventure (Islands of Adventure)

7. Djengu River (Toverland)

8. Congo River Rapids (Busch Gardens Tampa)

9. Splash Mountain (Magic Kingdom)

10. Flumeride (Liseberg)

 

Honourable Mentions:

1. Baron 1898 (Efteling): Incredible level of detail and storytelling

2. The Smiler (Alton Towers): All-round great coaster experience

3. Fenix (Toverland): Brilliant coaster with lovely level of theming

 

 

 

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Went to Phantasialand for the first time in 5 years, and there's a reshuffle as a result:

 

1. Taron - Phantasialand

2. Baron 1898 - Efteling

3. Joris en de Draak - Efteling

4. Revenge of the Mummy - Universal Orlando

5. Blue Fire - Europa Park

6. Space Mountain - Disneyland Paris

7. Big Thunder Mountain - Disneyland Paris 

8. Expedition Everest - Animal Kingdom

9. Wicker Man - Alton Towers 

10. Stealth - Thorpe Park

 

The rides on this list have been added for various reasons. Some are rides I like because they are thrilling, others because I like the mix of theming and coaster, some I have a sense of nostalgia for and others I just find fun. It's a personal list and I fully acknowledge there are objectively 'better' that I lack a fondness for.

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